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Texas Sets All-Time Record For Electricity Use

ERCOT, the state’s power grid operator, says power use peaked at 71,438 megawatts

ERCOT, which operates the power grid in Texas, reported a record for electricity use on July 18, 2018. The electricity is used, for example, to make air conditioned units run.

Texas set an all-time record for electricity use Wednesday, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state’s power grid operator, which said the record was set in the afternoon, between 3 and 4 p.m.

Power use peaked at 71,438 megawatts. The previous record was 71,110 megawatts and it was set in August of 2016.

ERCOT says it fully expects Texas to continue setting records as the summer continues.

Much of the state is experiencing triple digit temperatures this week.

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